We all want to achieve that perfect flat stomach we see on instagram, the girl or guy with the perfect abs or the perfect v lines. As most, or every feature on your body, the shape of your abs is based on your genetics. Your abs are hidden under a layer of fats called subcutaneous and visceral fat. Subcutaneous is the fat you can grab on the top layer of your abdominal muscles and the visceral fat is the deep internal layer of fat surrounding the organs in your abs. In order for your abs to show through or to achieve a “6 pack” you must burn these layers of fat through exercise and correct diet. “Abs are made in the kitchen!” Have you heard this before? Your abs most definitley are made in the kitchen. There is no secret foods to getting a 6 pack in 6 weeks but the advice I can give you is to eat lean protein, vegetables, cut out carbonated, sugary candy and treats. Carbonated, as well as sugary candy and baked goods often lead to bloating, that illusion your stomach gives after you eat a meal and you question if there’s a baby inside of you….yeah that look.
Core strength is an important aspect through your training and will help make working other muscle groups a lot easier with a strong tummy. Let’s become more familiar with the muscles that make up your abdominal in order to target your problem areas more effectively. There are 4 muscles that contribute to the development of your abs:
Now we know where these muscles are and what muscles we need to target, I will give you some of my favorite abdominal exercises you can do to target these muscles in your abs to achieve a defined look!
- Internal and External Obliques
- Transversus Abdominis
An important note for all of these exercises make sure to keep your back straight and tight as well as keeping your core straight and tight to avoid injuries of your lower back, etc. It is always important to stretch and loosen your muscles before performing any activities.